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Hot curries can help to beat cancer; Chillis 'are big health boosters'.

Byline: reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk ANDREW GREGORY

EATING hot curries could help you live longer, improve your memory ... and prevent bowel cancer.

In tests on mice, scientists at the University of California found that capsaicin - the compound that gives chilli peppers their heat - stops a pain-sensing protein called TRPV1 from working.

Mice fed capsaicin were less likely to develop the cancer and their lifespans were 30 per cent longer. The same effects from eating capsaicin should apply to humans.

A study published earlier this year in the journal Cell found mice which could block TRPV1 had memories that faded less with the years.

They also seemed to be able to burn off calories more easily, which cuts the risk of diabetes. Previous research found capsaicin lowered blood pressure in mice.

University of California researcher Andrew Dillin said: "Ingestion of compounds that affect TRPV1 might help prevent metabolic decline with age."

But eating too many curries may make you fat - increasing the bowel cancer risk.

It is the third most common cancer in Scotland with 4000 new cases each year.

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